WHAT IS THE PEER MENTOR PROGRAM?
The purpose of The Peer Mentor Program is to provide support for freshman and transfer students in their transition to the high school. The Peer Mentors will be juniors and seniors who have shown an interest in and capacity for helping others. Peer Mentors are matched with a ninth grade seminar and within those seminars, Peer Mentors are assigned specific student "mentees". Each Peer Mentor has from 2-6 students assigned to them. The program has been up and running in Wayland High School for over 10 years.
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WHAT EXACTLY DO PEER MENTORS DO?
Peer Mentors co-lead Ninth Grade Seminars alongside the Guidance Counselors. They maintain contact with their mentees throughout the first semester through the seminars, and sometimes beyond. Mentors will offer information, advise and support around academic issues, extracurricular activities, social adjustment, and how to access resources at the high school. The nature of the contacts and relationships outside of the scheduled meeting times will vary depending on the needs of the mentees. Some mentors provide tutoring, others interact around shared interests and activities, and some may talk during free periods or by phone, email, text or Facebook.
WHO CAN I TALK WITH TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE PEER MENTOR PROGRAM?
The Peer Mentor Program is run by Mrs. Sullivan, our School Adjustment Counselor and Barb Wolfson, our Academic Center Director . You can talk with either of them, or e-mail them by clicking on their names above. Mrs. Sullivan can also be reached in the Guidance Office at 508-358-3706, and Ms. Wolfson can be reached in the Academic Center at 508-358-4823. They are eager to talk with you about this terrific program!